Things can begin to get a little tricky at this point of the season. Champions League has started, and with that comes the dreaded ‘R’ word: rotation. Managers have been quite consistent with lineups to this point, but the start of European competition usually brings change.
Game-week six features some intriguing match-ups, and managers have been kind enough to share some squad information that should be useful. I will include form players with some differentials and gambles mixed in, going from front to back this time.
Boasting four goals in the opening five game weeks for a promoted team will get you noticed. The Serbian comes up against the surprise package of the season so far but will not fear the Watford defense.
He gave us an injury scare last week. If you kept faith, it could be a great Saturday. Gabriel Jesus started the midweek defeat to Lyon, but Aguero has played from the start in all Premier League games.
Let’s call this a differential pick: The recently retired England man is owned by less than 5% of managers. The visitors have looked leaky in defense and Vardy may just decide to have a party.
A strange pick, I’ll admit it. I had no room to include Lukaku up front, so it felt a good time to back the Chilean to get his first goal of the season. He was rested at the start in Europe, so he should be fresh.
Spurs’ best player this season was left on the bench for the clash with Inter Milan at San Siro, making him a certainty to play against Brighton. While Harry Kane looks tired, Moura is full of running and terror for defenses.
Scored a hattrick last week, then rested for the Europa League, I have a feeling West Ham defenders haven’t been sleeping well this week.
A player I was happy to have in my lineup last week despite injury fears, he repaid my faith. This time he will face a wretched Burnley team enduring a horrid start to the season with arrgh Joe Hart arrgh in goal. Eddie Howe will once again give Fraser license to roam.
I was all set to include Mo Salah who’s overdue for a huge game. Then I saw who the visitors to Anfield would be — I’m always expecting goals from players against their former teams because they give that little extra.
Chris Smalling (£5.8, Manchester United v. Wolves)
Looked like a striker last week with the chest control and swivel volley. Wolves are playing quality football, but United are building some momentum, so I back them for the clean sheet.
Marcos Alonso (£6.8, Chelsea at West Ham)
Eleven points in each of his previous away games... has to be included despite West Ham turning on the style last week.
If you’re going to include the expensive midfielders, you dream of having a defender at this price who is starting games. Roy Hodgson has found a gem who is already in 25% of fantasy teams.
Ricardo Pereira (£5.1, Leicester v. Huddersfield)
My selection to be a breakout player, he already has three assists. Claude Puel will get the backline sorted, so we should see more clean sheets on his resume soon as well.
Andrew Robertson (£6.2, Liverpool v. Southampton)
Benjamin Mendy is uncertain to play for Man City, making the Scot the defender most likely to post a monster score this week. Get him in!
Ederson (£5.6, Manchester City at Cardiff)
Hard to see Cardiff scoring, simple as that.
Michel Vorm (£4.9, Tottenham at Brighton)
Hugo Lloris should miss another game, Spurs need to get on track after a bad stretch.
That’s the squad for game week 6: players to fit every budget. Who will be your captain? Whom did I leave out that you think should have been included? Lacazette or Lukaku maybe?